850,000 More Massachusetts Residents Now Eligible For COVID Vaccine

Starting Monday, people age 60 and older and essential workers from several industries can now get shots. WBZ-TV's Louisa Moller reports.

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- --one here over 60, plus grocery store, and transit system employees, are now eligible to register for a vaccine appointment. But finding one of those appointments is still tough. As of today, more than 1,085,000 people in our state have been fully vaccinated, and the state has used 91% of its supply. WBZ's Louisa Moller's live in Allston tonight. And Louisa, there is a lot more competition now for those appointments.

LOUISA MOLLER: Well, Lisa, we're talking an additional 850,000 Massachusetts residents who are eligible starting today. Many of these folks have been considered essential workers-- like grocery store workers who never stopped working-- since the beginning of the pandemic.

Again, we are talking about 60-- people who are age 60 or older, as you said, now eligible for the shots. So are grocery and convenience store workers, transportation workers, and taxi and ride share drivers, restaurant workers as well, on the list to get their vaccines.

Now at Grand Tour, a cozy little restaurant on Newbury Street we visited today, the chef owner hopes all of his employees will have at least their first dose of the vaccine before they reopen their doors on April 1st.

MICHAEL SERPA: It's really, really, I think, paramount that service staff-- kitchen staff, all restaurant employees-- are treated as essential employees and vaccinated. And I'm glad the governor moved that along. And we're trying to get everybody vaccinated-- at least the first shot before we open.

LOUISA MOLLER: On Monday, April 5th, anyone who is 55 and older, or anyone who has one existing medical condition, will then be eligible for their shots. Live in Allston, Louisa Moller, WBZ News.

- Louisa, thank you.